The Blues Train with Johnny Fean
The Blues Train with Johnny Fean was formed 6 years ago to play old blues standards, mostly in the Chicago style. Horslips legend Johnny is joined by vocalist, harmonica and sax player Brendan “Stoney” Wall. The Bunratty choirboy Cathal Jones plays piano, and Darragh O'Connor and Mike Quinn play drums and bass respectively.
Brendan T. Walsh
This collaboration sees local man Brendan Walsh Jnr (who’s lived in
Switzerland for many years) play with some of his favourite Swiss musicians Bodo Maier (Trumpet/Triangle) Markus Neuweiler (Drums) and Amin Mokdad (Sax/Flute). Brendan describes these musicians as “insanely virtuosic and insanely fun”..
Rachel Croft & Karl Mullen (UK)
From the historic city of York, this duo have made an impression on the local music circuit with their smooth jazz and blues. Rachel is an accomplished singer and also plays guitar, while Karl plays a range of styles on piano. Karl is well-known as a busker with his red piano in the centre of York.
David Hope, the Irish folk troubadour with the infamous Celtic growl hails from County Clare. David Hope has been critically acclaimed as one of the very best Roots-related outfits operating at present, seamlessly blending folk and roots inflections with grittily intelligent lyrics and enviably catchy choruses.
Dónal Lunny, Máirtín O'Connor & Zoë Conway
What a delight to have this trio headline our Festival! Máirtín O’Connor is one of Ireland’s greatest accordionists, with De Dannan and Midnight Well on his CV. Dónal Lunny’s part in the creation of modern Irish folk music is indisputable, and Zoë Conway’s fiddle-playing and voice put her at the top of the game. It’s going to be legendary!
Gael Force 3
Father and daughter Gerry & Niamh Phelan are joined by Liam Leahy to form this driving Trad/Ballad group from Cratloe, Co. Clare.
Horny Roosters (Switzerland)
From their founding on a festival-bound train in 1996, these guys have brought their polka-blues-rock sound to over 500 parties around Switzerland and beyond! Brass, accordion and percussion figure in the formula for a lively show, rooted in the love of music, and with
entertainment at its heart!
Kimber's Men (UK)
This crew dock in Sixmilebridge & Bunratty to bring some of the best male voice folk performances you’re likely to hear anywhere. With singing careers dating back to the sixties, these guys are making their fourth trip to the Festival. With their spirited delivery and beautiful harmonies, Kimber's Men will put goosebumps on your poopdeck!
A son of Sixmilebridge, Kieran “Loughy” O’Loughlin is based in Sweden, where he ploughs his own furrow as a musician/singer, solo and with various acts, and as a producer. He marked his latest solo release “So Long Gone” with a triumphant concert at home in the 'Bridge' in
Socks in the Frying Pan
Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought-after groups in Irish music today, they battle on in their quest to extend the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’!
Accomplished guitarist Brendan T. Walsh brings Trio Elatha to the festival once more, with Ailbhe McDonagh (Kaleidoscope String ensemble et al) on cello and Lynda O'Connor (Dublin Symphony Orchestra among others) on violin. This group plays a vibrant mix of contemporary, classical and traditional Irish tunes with a distinctive zest.
Wicklow Male Voice Choir
Wicklow Male Voice Choir has been in existence since 1998. The choir draws its 52 strong membership mainly from Wicklow Town and environs. Their repertoire covers spiritual, popular, classical and Irish. Musical
Director Mr. Bernard Geary has a lifetime’s involvement in Music
production nationwide and has brought the choir to national success
and international renown.
Blue Country pictured above in session. With Mike Power leading, you can expect a mix of Country, Roots and Bluegrass with some traditional folk influences.
Brid O'Gorman & Eoin O'Neill
The combination of flute player Brid O'Gorman and bouzouki player Eoin O'Neill is one of rhythm, sensitivity and dynamics that is a joy for the listener. Brid's unique and powerful tone, with every note of the tune clear and musical, is accompanied by Eoin's dynamic but sensitive playing. In the intimate atmosphere of Bunratty, this promises to be a great night.
Cup O'Joe (NI)
Cup O’Joe is the Agnew siblings, who grew up among music festivals and concerts. They play an energetic style of Bluegrass & Gypsy Jazz, with Reuben on guitar and mandolin, Benjamin on Upright bass, and Tabitha on Banjo and Fiddle. Close family harmonies can be heard throughout their repertoire.
Dizzy Blues Band
The band formed in 1989 in Cork city. Gigs in all corners of Ireland, tours of UK, Holland, Spain, France and albums followed. The latest release 'Time Is the Ruler' was greeted with critical acclaim in 2010. These days The Dizzies are the house band of the Lee Delta Blues Club at the Corner House, Cork.
The Fake McCoys
Probably the best Old-timey Ragtime Country Blues band regularly
appearing in East Clare, these folks know how to entertain! A.U. McCoy plays slide resonator guitar, harmonica and vocals, Ali McCoy takes duties on fiddle, washboard and vocals, Marcus McCoy plays double bass and Stuart McCoy plays acoustic guitar, kazoo and vocals.
Greenshine is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles contemporary, folk, and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their precise picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear. The CD “The Girl in the Lavender Dress” will captivate you!
Johnny Reidy Céilí Band
There are certain moments in life that we never forget, such as the first day on a new job, the first time driving a car or the first trip abroad. For set dancers, one of life's unforgettable events is dancing your first set to the music of the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band from Co Kerry. The band sets a new standard for liveliness which you can't fail to notice from the very first figure of the first set. The music moves the dancing into a higher gear and the extra pleasure is unmistakeable!
Larry de Cléir
Larry de Cléir has been singing in venues in Limerick and Clare for many years. He is a singer-songwriter (roinnt as Gaeilge) a founder member of the Castleconnell Folk Club, and a regular contributor at Limerick Acoustic Club. Larry has one album entitled ‘The Dog That Heard the Bell’.
Sandymount Gospel Choir
Sandymount Gospel Choir, a community-based choir directed by Cathy McEvoy, have been together since 2008. The Choir is often invited to sing in various churches and have performed as guests at numerous fundraising events, on RTE television, and in various competitions. They sing an engaging mix of traditional gospel music infused with bluegrass and other musical influences.
Special Consensus (USA)
Oh Brother, that’s good bluegrass! Greg Cahill (banjo) brings his ensemble from the US to thrill, amaze and entertain. The very best of bluegrass musicians and singers – Rick Faris on guitar, Dan Eubanks on bass, and Nick Dumas on mandolin – these guys are sure to please even the pickiest of listeners!
Two Time Polka
Two Time Polka formed in Cork in 1994 and have developed a distinctive sound that has its roots in Cajun, Zydeco, and Bluegrass music. They have built up an enviable reputation for turning out excellent live shows, at festivals and venues all over Ireland and most of Europe.